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Theaster Gates has training as an urban planner as well as a sculptor (in fact, he got an MS in 2006 in Urban Planning, Ceramics and Religious Studies, dig that one). He works with structures, with public spaces and with the exploration of pure production. Which may be why the Chicago artist’s last show at […]

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The peak of the art season has arrived. From now through March, museums and galleries will be putting their best faces forward. These days, that often includes hyper-visual and -optical art works, including video, installation, big painting and a combination of all of those. So it’s a nice respite to see what the Girls’ Club […]

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Out of damaged landscapes, sublime art

Published on October 30, 2012 by in Miami

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Robert Huff has been working on his art for a long time, that is obvious. There is no funny business here, no conceptual conceits, no sloppy composition. The new works hanging at the Carol Jazzar Gallery are not just beautiful, they are so well crafted as to make so much other contemporary art around look, […]

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Art Live and everywhere

Published on October 26, 2012 by in Miami

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The interactive and performance-based art fair, now called Art Live, has moved from its inaugural outdoor Wynwood home of last year, indoors to the Coconut Grove Convention Center. But the basics remain the same: the three-day fair will emphasize interaction and creative displays, and proceeds benefit the women’s shelter Lotus House. However, it has morphed […]

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Smash and Grab that art!

Published on October 23, 2012 by in Miami

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It’s been 10 years now that Locust Projects (a multiple Knight Arts grantee) has been holding one of the most anticipated auction and party nights of the season. Yep, it’s “Smash and Grab” time again – the raffle, the fest, the amazing array of artists – taking place this Saturday. It will be the first […]

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Vito Acconci has had a profound impact on contemporary art for decades. Not only as a provocateur performance artist – which he truly was – but also as a pioneer of what we now call conceptual art, as a designer, sound artist, architect. But maybe just as important, as an insightful commentator on all these […]

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ArtCenter puts on new ‘Wheels’

Published on October 16, 2012 by in Miami

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It’s time for the ArtCenter/SouthFlorida (a Knight Arts grantee) to spread its wings. There was nothing really wrong with just showing exhibits in its Lincoln Road-facing space, but it was getting a little lost in the big art crowd. With so much going on in Miami these days, a trip over to this area of South […]

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Solo shows and group shows are very different animals. Each has its special rewards and difficulties. Solo artist exhibits can be more cohesive by nature – they come from the hand of one artist. But if the work is not strong, or simply not appealing to an individual eye, then the whole show can fall […]

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Isn’t it good, sculptures from wood

Published on October 9, 2012 by in Miami

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At first glance, the wall sculptures made of wood – well, lumber really – that are currently populating Waltman Ortega Fine Art are good-looking – beautifully crafted with a subtle sense of color and a nice eye for simple composition. They remain that on closer inspection, but reveal much more. “Graphic Nature” includes a good […]

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Performance and video artists Antonia Wright invites you to sit on the couch she has brought in to her temporary studio, which is at MOCA, one of five that make up “Trading Places II.” It’s a unique project first inaugurated in 2005 by museum director Bonnie Clearwater, to get artists involved with each other and […]

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